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DE who began his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina, signed with Syracuse before flipping to NC State is back in transfer portal

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The NC State football program is the latest to find out first-hand that Jeffrey Gunter may have an issue with commitment.

In January of 2019, Gunter opted to transfer from Coastal Carolina. Three weeks later, he tweeted he was transferring to Syracuse… before deleting the tweet. Two days later, however, Syracuse confirmed the defensive end’s addition to the roster. Feb. 26, though, Gunter reneged on that commitment, tweeting he would no longer be transferring to Syracuse and would instead move on to NC State.

That commitment stuck… for all of 11 months, as it turned out, as 247Sports.com is now reporting that Gunter is listed in the NCAA transfer database

During his one season with the NC State football program, Gunter was the Co-Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He had to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

After totaling 14 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2018, Gunter, a two-star 2017 signee, was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference.

It’s worth to note that, in Gunter’s winter of decommitment last year, he had also considered moving to either North Carolina or Oregon. Whether those two schools will be in play this time around is unclear.

Jim Brown named by ESPN as the greatest player in college football history

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Jim Brown, greatest college football player ever?

College football is rapidly nearing the end of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the sport, with the 2020 College Football Playoff championship game serving as the capper of its sesquicentennial season.  So, why not kick off the next 150 years of the sport by doing what we as fans do best — argue about lists.

During halftime of the Clemson-LSU title game — the SEC Tigers came storming back in the second quarter, by the way — ESPN unveiled their Top 150 college football players of all-time in celebration.  The entire list can be viewed HERE.

Also during halftime, the Top 11 players on the Worldwide Leader’s list were feted on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium field.  Coming in at No. 1?  Jim Brown, according to ESPN, is the greatest college football player in the first 150 years of the sport.

The Top 11 are as follows:

  1. Jim Brown (RB, Syracuse, 1954-56)
  2. Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia, 1980-82)
  3. Bo Jackson (RB, Auburn, 1982-85)
  4. Archie Griffin (RB, Ohio State, 1972-75)
  5. Jim Thorpe (RB, Carlisle, 1907-12)
  6. Red Grange (RB, Illinois, 1923-25)
  7. Earl Campbell (RB, Texas, 1974-77)
  8. Dick Butkus (LB, Illinois, 1962-64)
  9. Barry Sanders (RB, Oklahoma State, 1986-88)
  10. Gale Sayers (RB, Kansas, 1962-64)
  11. Roger Staubach (QB, Navy, 1962-64)

I have but two comments on that top-tier group.  One, Barry Sanders is laughably, criminally low.  Two, Herschel Walker was the only college football player in my lifetime who was better than Sanders.

Seriously, Sanders being ninth offends me.

Other than that, fire away…

Could Rocky Long leave San Diego State for a coordinator job?

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Rocky Long has been one of the most successful head coaches among the non-power conference programs and has been the head coach at San Diego State since 2011. But despite being a three-time Mountain West Conference champion with an 81-38 record with the Aztecs, Long appears to be considering a change of scenery. He may even be willing to take on a reduced role on a coaching staff to do so.

According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, via Twitter, Long is taking a look at various defensive coordinator openings around the country. One job, in particular, is the Syracuse vacancy.

Well, that would certainly be something. A few things could be in play here. First, Long could simply be exploring his options as a negotiating tactic to secure a better contract from San Diego State. This is pretty much a standard operating procedure for coaches these days, and it almost always results in a shiny new deal. Second, maybe Long is juts looking to take some of the load off his shoulders running a program that will typically have a difficult time just getting to a New Years Six bowl game. Sometimes, the best course of action for a happy work-life is to shed yourself form some of the responsibilities you have been carrying around for close to a decade. Long will be 70 when the next college football season begins, and it takes a toll being a head coach of any program.

A third possible option might be Long is simply looking to get back into a power conference program one more time before his coaching career eventually comes to a close. The last time Long coached at a power conference program was as a defensive coordinator at UCLA in 1997. Could UCLA be a school of interest for Long?

It is not unprecedented for a Group of Five head coach to take a coordinator job at a power conference program. Dan Enos did just that in 2015 when he left his position as head coach of Central Michigan to become the offensive coordinator at Arkansas for former Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.

UPDATE: Thamel updated his earlier tweet to say Long has informed San Diego State officials he is still the team’s head coach.

WR Trishton Jackson leaves Syracuse early for 2020 NFL Draft

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Of his own volition, Trishton Jackson has seen his time at Syracuse come to an end.

On his personal Twitter account, Jackson announced that, after “carefully taking everything into consideration, I would like to announce my decision to forego my senior year and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.” The wide receiver added that “[t]his decision was not easy by any means.”

A redshirt junior, Jackson had one season of eligibility he could’ve used.

“We appreciate everything Trishton did for our program during his time at Syracuse University,” head coach Dino Babers said in a statement. “We wish him the best as he pursues his dream of playing professionally.”

Jackson actually began his collegiate career at Michigan State, playing two years for the Spartans. In 2017, Jackson totaled 143 yards on 12 receptions in a dozen games played.

In mid-January of 2018, Jackson left MSU and quickly landed at Syracuse.

After playing in just one game his first year with the Orange, Jackson emerged as the team’s top receiver in 2019. He led the team in receptions (66), receiving yards (1,023) and receiving touchdowns (11).

Following the regular seasons, Jackson earned second-team All-ACC honors.

Vanderbilt QB Mo Hasan enters transfer portal

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Vanderbilt appears to be losing Mo Hasan as part of a burgeoning quarterback room. Given how Wednesday played out, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

On the first day of the Early Signing Period, Vandy added three quarterbacks — two high schoolers and one JUCO transfer. One of the former, Texas three-star Ken Seals, will enroll early.  The other two, Mike Wright and Jeremy Moussa, will join the fray in the summer.

With that as a backdrop, and one day after the Early Signing Period kicked off, Hasan has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer database. Matt Zenitz of al.com was the first to report the move into the portal.

Hasan would be leaving Vanderbilt as a graduate.  That means he would be able to use his final season of eligibility at another FBS school in 2020.

As of yet, the Commodores football program has not confirmed Hasan’s status with the football program moving forward.

Hasan, who began his career at Syracuse as a walk-on, came to Vandy from Coffeyville Community College in 2018.  His first season with the Commodores, the Florida native played in five games.  This past season, he played in two, including his first career start. That start, though, proved to be his last appearance as Hasan suffered a concussion in the Missouri game and missed the last five games.

In his seven appearances, Hasan completed 11-of-17 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.  He also ran for 79 yards on 16 carries.

Where Hasan will likely be missed most, though, is off the field.

Hasan, a Miami native, also gained national exposure for spearheading Second Spoon, a non-profit organization that distributes extra food from the athletes’ dining hall to the homeless living on Nashville’s streets. He appeared on various national TV programs to promote Second Spoon, including NBC’s Today Show.